I love the name Juniper for a girl... but my sons name might create conflict.

I am having such a hard time coming up with a name for our little girl due in September. The list of names I like is so incredibly short after reading what seems like 100 lists... I've settled on 3 that I don't dislike. My number one right now is Juniper. It sounds lovely with our last name and is just classy and playful enough that it's unique and fun. Wondering where my dilemma steps in? We have a 3 year old son named Benjamin whom we often call "Benny." Has the possible pop-culture stigma that goes with this name combination expired? Will it be completely irrelevant by the time she is old enough to make the connection? I just don't know... and I am plagued by it because I love the name so much. 

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May 17, 2017 8:18 AM

I wont worry about Pop Culture,  but Benjamin and Juniper - sound very different

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May 17, 2017 9:34 AM

As a young person, I don't know the associations with Benny and June, I just know the names go together for some reason in pop culture. If you plan on calling her June most of the time, it will probably come up with the older people, but not so much with people my age or younger. I think it'd be fine, honestly.

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May 17, 2017 9:39 AM

Benny and Joon came out in 1993, so I think you can safely name your daughter Juniper. Just be prepared for the occasional conversation about the movie.

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May 17, 2017 9:56 AM

I didn't have a clue what pop culture reference you were worrying about. It sounds like a decent movie, and the title characters are brother and sister, so it doesn't have the "ick" factor of something like Henry and Eleanor (for a history nerd like me, anyway).

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May 17, 2017 10:37 AM

I haven't seen that movie in many years, but I do remember that Benny and Joon (full name Juniper) have a very sweet and loving relationship, so even if it does come up, it shouldn't be at all awkward for a brother and sister who happen to share names with a brother and sister. And a quick, "yeah, it was a funny coincidence" will dispell any belief that they are actually named after the characters. Plus, don't forget that siblings are only a unit to the world at large for a very small percentage of their lives. Yes, family members and family friends will continue to think of them as a pair, but once they reach university or working age, the name(s) of their sibling(s) will be unknown to most. And again, if it's still a reference that people make, "yeah, it was a funny coincidence" pretty much ends the conversation.

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By mk
May 17, 2017 12:52 PM

Agree with all of this. Some adults may notice, but it will be in a "funny coincidence" way.

It was an ok movie that I haven't seen mentioned in years, though, so very likely will never come up.

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May 17, 2017 1:19 PM

I think that one of its main draws today is that most (all?) of the actors still have very successful carreers, so it's fun to see them all so young.

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May 17, 2017 1:21 PM

I love that movie unreasonably, and it STILL took me a moment to realize what you were thinking of. I really don't think you need to worry. 

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May 17, 2017 2:05 PM

It took me a minute to even think of what the connection was.  The movie came out a long time ago.  This means that you may get occassional comments from other adults, but I doubt it's excessive.  It also means that your children and their peers are unlikely to know or care about the movie connection.  I think Juniper is safe for you to use.

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May 17, 2017 5:11 PM

I think it would be fine to use Juniper. I agree with everyone else that it shouldn't be an issue at all, if anyone makes the connection it's likely to be adults commenting to you and it's easy enough to just say that it was a coincidence. The fact that it's a brother sister pair in the movie means it's not really weird anyway (if they were a couple in the movie then that might give me pause).

Plus it's worth keeping in mind that your Benjamin might not stay Benny for that long (outside of immediate family anyway) and your Juniper doesn't ever have to be June (although of course you can use June as a nickname if you wish to), and that in any case to most people for most of their lives they will not automatically be a set.